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The Summer Set are an American pop-rock band based in Scottsdale, Arizona. This is their first full length album, released in 2009, but they have also released three EP's. These are:
Love The Love You Have (2007)
...In Color EP (Summer 2008)
Meet Me On The Left Coast (Winter 2008)
They are becoming quickly successful, and are going to appear on the next 'Punk Goes...' compilation and are playing at Warped Tour 2010. The Summer Set Are:
Brian Dales - vocals
Jessica Bowen - drums
John Gomez - guitar
Stephen Gomez - bass
Josh Montgomery - guitar
But they used to have Dillon Morris and Kennedy Brock (now of the Maine) as guitarists. This is a brilliant, catchy album full of Summer songs, so make this the soundtrack to your Summer now! Listen to the songs I recommend below if you like pop rock, and I'm sure you'll love it. An excellent band.
1. The Boys You Do (Get Back You Do)
A nice drumming intro, which makes a change to most rocks songs which usually start with guitar. Although this song isn't the catchiest on the album, it's still very good. The guitar riff isn't amazing, but still a nice sound, and the vocals are great as they are throughout the album, and the chorus is great too. A nice album intro.
2. Punch-Drunk Love
Another drumming intro this time, but a different style from the last song. It's then joined by a different style of guitar, then synthesizers, all of which make a change keeping the album varied (which is obviously a good thing). The synthesizers in this song are pretty good, and give this song what it needs to be good. Besides that it's a pretty average song, but it's not the catchiest ever
My favourite song on the album. Another different style of intro this time, with guitar and vocals right from the start. This song is extremely catchy, and this is the reason it's the best song on the album. The vocals are great as usual, and the guitar much catchier than normal. The chorus is amazing, and I love everything about this song. Definitely recommended to listen to.
Another of my favourites. This another brilliant, catchy song with an amazing chorus, and is definitely worth listening too. It starts with guitar similar to that of 'The Middle' by Jimmy Eat World, but when the vocals and drums come in, it's a completely different song. I don't usually listen to this kind of music, but it's so catchy, it's hard not to. I love this song, it's amazing.
5. Take It Slow
I like the vocals and drums and guitar in the intro to this song, it sound a bit more All Time Low pop-punk than the rest of the songs, and I don't really like All Time Low, but I still like this song, because it's much catchier than All Time Low. The guitar is great, as well as the vocals which are stunning as always. The drumming's good too, upbeat with good pauses. Another great catchy chorus to top all this off, but not quite as catchy as the last two tracks.
6. Can You Find Me?
Nice synthesizers and DJ effects at the beginning, making another change. This is a slower one, and if it wasn't for the fact that it's different because of the sound effects, I wouldn't like this song. The backing vocals are good in the chorus too, so there are like-able elements to this song, but it's not the greatest. Good chorus again though
7. Love Like This
Another nice upbeat start, and back to the catchy style of guitars, singing, drumming etc. to that of Chelsea. This is a great song, and although the riff isn't quite as good as that of Chelsea, it's still very good. One complaint I might have is that the chorus is a little cheesy, but still catchy, and good overall
8. Girls Freak Me Out
Vocals at the start, similar to Forever The Sickest Kids, which is a good thing, as you'll see from my review of them. This songs is very similar to Forever The Sickest Kids, which is not only good because I like them, but also because it brings a nice change. This is one of the reasons I like this song, and although it's not the best, it's pretty good.
9. Passengers Seat
I like the way this song fades in, and then I like the guitar after that, so it's a good introduction. The guitar sound is once again different, so you never get bored of this album, so I can't rate it down for having no variety (although I can rate it down for the bad songs and the cheesiness. If I could improve this song, I would change the vocal style, because it seems to be becoming a little repetitive and boring, but that's not a really a major issue. It's a pretty good song all round with another catchy song, where the vocals pick up and get better, and the guitar sound is nice throughout.
10. This Is How We Live
Another synthesizer intro this time, and then it goes into some nice pop-rock like the better songs of the album, and although it isn't one of the catchiest songs, it's a good penultimate song to the album. The chorus is pretty catchy, so it's a good song all round
11. Where Are You Now?
Another synthesizer intro, but this time a different type, and for longer. It's then joined by acoustic guitar. This is a very slow one, and I don't really like albums ending on slow, depressive songs, but this one isn't too bad, although I definitely wouldn't recommend listening to it. An average end to a great album. Also, the guitar towards the end is very nice, so there are good things about this song, but most of it is a little boring.
In conclusion, if you don't mind cheesy music, you may like this album. It's very catchy, but to be able to listen to the album all the way through and not get bored you'll have to put up with the same vocals the whole way through, and the couple of boring songs there are. But all in all, a pretty good album. 8/10 from me, a great album for the Summer.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Boys You Do (Get Back at You)
2 Punch-Drunk Love
5 Take It Slow
6 Can You Find Me?
7 Love Like This
8 Girls Freak Me Out
9 Passenger Seat
10 This Is How We Live
11 Where Are You Now?